60-SECOND FILM REVIEWS

New movies showing in Minneapolis

By Wendy Schadewald (Rating system: 4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)

“The Intruder” (PG-13) (2.5) [Violence, terror, some sexuality, language, and thematic elements.] — After a millionaire creative director (Michal Ealy) in San Francisco and his gorgeous, naive wife (Megan Good) buy an idyllic home called Foxglove in the wine country of Napa Valley from an eccentric, psychopathic, retired, widowed structural engineer (Dennis Quaid) in this intense, critically panned, like-it-or-hate-it, evenly-paced, well-acted, predictable, occasionally groan-inducing, 108-minute thriller, they quickly discover that the previous nefarious owner is obsessed with the house that has been in his family since 1905 and has ulterior motives in selling his beloved property to the African-American couple.

“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” (NR) (3) — While an American advertising executive (Adam Driver) returns to the Spanish countryside to direct a commercial and ends up buying a DVD of a black-and-white film that he coincidentally directed as a student ten years earlier in this wacky, convoluted, pratfall, star-studded (Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Will Keen, Óscar Jaenada, and José Luis Ferrer), 133-minute Terry Gilliam comedy told in flashbacks, highlighted by terrific scenery and cinematography, and inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote,” he is thrust into one delusional adventure after another when learns that the elderly cobbler (Jonathan Pryce) who played the delusional knight fighting windmills in this film now believes he really is Don Quixote and that the director is his squire Sancho Panza and tries to help a former waitress (Joana Ribeiro) turned escort who is reluctantly working for a Russian owner (Jordi Mollà) of a vodka company.

“UglyDolls” (PG) (2) [Thematic elements and brief action.] — Upbeat songs dominate this colorful, family-oriented, well-paced, humorous, star-dotted (voiceovers by Blake Shelton, Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, Ice-T, Jane Lynch, Rob Riggle, and Lizzo), 91-minute animated musical comedy in which a fabric, unconventional ugly doll (voiceover by Kelly Clarkson) leaves Uglyville with four of her friends (voiceovers by Pitbull, Gabriel Iglesias, Wanda Sykes, and Wang Leehom) to journey to the other side of the mountain where they end up being bullied by a popular singer and entertainer (voiceover by Nick Jonas) in the Perfection Institute, but eventually they find friendship and acceptance with the perfect dolls and the love of a child.

“The White Crow” (R) (3) [Some sexuality, graphic nudity, and language.] —Ralph Fiennes’s engaging, well-acted, insightful, 127-minute, 2018 biographical film inspired by Julie Kavangh’s novel “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” that follows talented, head-strong, stubborn, Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) from his birth on a train in 1938, growing up with his poor mother (Ravshana Kurkova ) in the USSR, struggling along with other dancers (Sergei Polunin, et al.) to get noticed, his seduction by the wife (Chulpan Khamatova) of his ballet instructor (Ralph Fiennes) while attracted to a pianist (Louis Hoffman), and his eventual defection in Paris in 1961 with the help of a Chilean friend (Adèle Exarchopoulos).

On DVD

“Away We Go” (R) (1.5) [Language and some sexual content.] [DVD only] — When his eccentric parents (Jeff Daniels and Catherine O’Hara) unexpectedly decide to move to Belgium one month before the birth of his daughter in this lackluster, wacky, unfunny romantic, 98-minute, 2009 comedy, an insurance futures salesman (John Krasinski) and his longtime girlfriend (Maya Rudolph) travel to Phoenix, Tucson, Madison, Montreal, and Miami visiting relatives (Alison Janney, Carmen Ejogo, et al.) and friends (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Chris Messina, et al.) in a search for a place to call home.

“Gigantic” (R) (2.5) [Language, some sexual content, and violence.] [DVD only] — A strange, oddly engaging, 98-minute, 2008 film in which a 29-year-old Swedish mattress salesman (Paul Dano) in New York City, who dreams of adopting a Chinese baby with the support of his eccentric parents (Ed Asner and Jane Alexander) and two successful brothers (Ian Roberts and Robert Stanton), falls head over heels in love with the eccentric daughter (Zooey Deschanel) of a divorced, overbearing, tell-it-like-it-is client (John Goodman) after she falls asleep on one of his comfy showroom beds.

“Just Add Water” (R) (2.5) [Language, some sexual content, and drug material.] [DVD only] — A delightfully quirky, understated, 95-minute, 2008 comedy about an unhappy, shy blue collar worker (Dylan Walsh) living a mundane life in a toxic, desert wasteland in California who finally takes charge of his life after he meets an upbeat gas station owner (Danny DeVito) and throws out his agoraphobic wife (Penny Balfour) who is cheating on him, requests a date from a comely grocery store clerk (Tracy Middendorf) with whom he has been smitten since high school, and retaliates against a controlling meth dealer (Will Rothhaar) and his henchman (Justin Long) when they recruit his impressionable son (Jonah Hill).

“The Limits of Control” (R) (0) [Graphic nudity and some language.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A torturous, achingly slow, self-indulgent, stupid, absurd, loophole-filled, 116-minute, 2009 Jim Jarmusch film in which a meticulous, note-swallowing, espresso-drinking minimalistic hitman (Isaach De Bankolé) of few words rendezvous with sunglass-wearing, matchbox-exchanging, platitude-spewing strangers (Gael García Bernal, Tilda Swinton, Alex Descas, John Hurt, Youki Kudoh, et al.) in Spain who provide him with coded messages and diamonds that lead him to a highly guarded businessman (Bill Murray).

“The Midnight Meat Train” (R) (.5) [Sequences of strong bloody gruesome violence, grisly images involving nudity, sexual content, and language.] [DVD only] — Over-the-top gore dominates this nonsensical, preposterous, blood-splattered, dark, graphically violent, 100-minute, 2008 horror film based on a Clive Barker short story in which an ambitious photographer (Bradley Cooper) endangers his longtime girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) when he begins to foolishly follow a vicious, ruthless, butchering serial killer (Vinnie Jones) into the New York City subways in an attempt to shoot more cutting-edge, gritty photographs desired by an art gallery owner (Brooke Shields).

Film Critic Wendy Schadewald reviewed films in the Twin Cities since 1986, and has been a guest critic on KARE-11’s Showcase Minnesota, WCCO radio, and AMC-950 radio. She reviews more than 250 films annually and has been a film buff for as long as she can remember. To see more of her film reviews, log on to shortredheadreelreviews.com.

©1986 through 2019 by Wendy Schadewald.

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